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1  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: Distributed identity and reputation database on: August 22, 2014, 04:11:05 PM
Looking for paid developers, check out http://identifi.org/

Is relocation a criteria to join your team ?

Nah. Skill, motivation and a skype account is sufficient.
2  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: Distributed identity and reputation database on: August 22, 2014, 03:12:56 PM
Looking for paid developers, check out http://identifi.org/
3  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: Distributed identity and reputation database on: July 14, 2014, 09:40:50 PM
Just something I got stuck with, easy (?) 0.5 BTC for someone who's familiar with bitcoin-qt code: https://github.com/identifi/identifi/issues/3

Now we just need to get that one fixed, plus some network code, and we have something that works.

The current data storage and transfer model might not be the optimal, but this is more of a proof-of-concept implementation.
4  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: Distributed identity and reputation database on: February 25, 2014, 08:59:29 AM
Escrow requires trust in the arbitrator.

Reputation is valuable in basically all human interaction. Airbnb, couchsurfing and Uber are practical examples of the power of reputation systems.
5  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: Distributed identity and reputation database on: February 25, 2014, 08:19:57 AM
The purpose is to crawl data from existing sources, so we don't need to build the WoT from scratch. The bitcoin-otc crawler is on GitHub too.

In Identifi, anyone can do identity verifications (i.e. make connections between identifiers) and choose whose verifications they trust. Anyone can start building a good reputation in identity verfication. A pseudonymous identity is just an identifier (a bitcoin address for example) that hasn't been reliably connected to the identifiers of an actual person.

Most users will probably be using the network through a web service, but I'm planning to make it easier to be run locally. A browser plugin would be an interesting solution.
6  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: Distributed identity and reputation database on: February 24, 2014, 07:04:46 PM
Not completely functional yet, but still something to show: http://identi.fi (identifi/identifi). It's a Rails UI for the Identifi client, which is built on bitcoin-qt codebase. Basically, we flood trust packets throughout the network. Nodes give the priority to packets that are authored and signed by someone from within their web of trust.

Feedback, technical suggestions and help with development is very welcome. The code is available on GitHub.
7  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: Distributed identity and reputation database on: June 06, 2013, 04:41:34 PM
This idea blew my mind.  Sorry for the necro-bump, but has this gained any traction?

I'm hoping to get a prototype out after this summer.
8  Economy / Scam Accusations / Re: First National Innovation Brokers exposed on: June 02, 2013, 11:31:27 PM
This thread is also highly related: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=47438
9  Economy / Trading Discussion / Re: (removed) on: May 30, 2013, 04:56:20 PM
First National Innovation Brokers hired a Finnish law firm to demand removal of this thread.  Roll Eyes
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=216717.0
10  Economy / Scam Accusations / First National Innovation Brokers exposed on: May 26, 2013, 03:05:56 PM
My contact details in the bitcointalk.org whois record went public a couple weeks ago, as I moved the domain to my Finnish ISP. Last week I got a cease-and-desist letter from a Finnish law firm hired by the forex company First National Innovation Brokers (http://www.firstnationalib.com/). They demanded removal of this thread: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=51820.0. They have no real legal case and I'm not even a forum / server admin of Bitcointalk anymore, so I'm not going to react to that.

However, FNIB has been spamming false scam accusations all around the Internet to mess up my Google results (check out "martti malmi"). They've been posting inter-linked BS articles to forums, various complaint sites and their fake news site hpub.org. For example:

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I got scammed for 22.440 euros by SC5. My key contact and team lead was Martti Malmi and the job was to produce a commerce site in HTML5.  So they asked for a deposit to start the work.  Then I noticed, after the first update, the very poor quality of their work and I started expressing my deep concerns. Then they stopped answering my calls.  I got strange email answers that seemed to be in Indian style english.

After 3 weeks I found the truth; my Project was being handled in Bangalore, India, by programmers making on average US$12/hour. ( I investigated and spoke with several firms about this)  I was in shock.  I complained to Mr. Malmi but he said that the terms and conditions did not specify that SC5 could not outsource. This is a total misrepresentation of our contract and I feel absolutely betrayed.  They say they will refund part of my money but not the part already spent. I can not beleive this fraud.  Next stop is the Finnish courts.

Which is of course completely made up, I haven't even worked with foreign customers at my current job (the "customer" claimed to be from Nebraska). I'm surprised by the amount of effort they put into this. The motive is probably emotional, because profit-wise they're just wasting their time.

FNIB has been "defending" their own reputation and smearing Mitchell Bourne (worldly) among others, with similar SEO tactics on the same forums.

I'm not sure as to what extent FNIB is a scam business, but it sure seems scammy as hell. It's incorporated in New Zealand (http://www.business.govt.nz/companies/app/ui/pages/companies/3473593/detail) and directed by Stuart Poppleton from Wakefield, UK. Can't tell if Mr. Poppleton is the actual person running the business, as 100% of the shares are owned by a Hong Kong company (http://en.hkcomp.info/hongkong/cps.jsp?key=1634921-a797a24a). FNIB is also behind the obscure Swiftcoin "alternative cryptocurrency":

http://www.swiftcointalk.org/ - Funny Bitcointalk clone. Off-topic section description: "Other topics that might be of interest to bitcoiners". Oops.
http://www.firstnationalbnak.com/ - "MtGox of Swiftcoin"
http://www.oswift.com/ - eBay of Swiftcoin, apparently
http://www.fxboss.info/ - Tips on getting rich quick

They had photoshopped office pics on their site:

Oh God, how did this get here? I am not good with computers....

Regus.com Virtual Office Space Auckland Chancery


FNIB Promotional Picture


I guess everyone can decide for themselves if they want to trust their money to a company like First National Innovation Brokers. Wink

EDIT: History of Changes at http://www.business.govt.nz/fsp/app/ui/fsp/version/searchSummaryCompanyFSP/FSP154824/6.do:
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Initiate De-Registration
01/02/2013 11:57:10

Time to move on to the next scheme, it seems.
11  Economy / Digital goods / Eurobtc.com domain name on: May 12, 2013, 08:48:18 PM
Auctioning eurobtc.com. Starting price 1 BTC. Make an offer in this thread or in a private message.
12  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Roger Ver and Jon Matonis pushed aside now that Bitcoin is becoming mainstream on: May 06, 2013, 08:51:03 PM
Quote from: sirius
Let's drop the press page and link to a wiki page from the resources page. If the wiki page turns out not so well, we can unlink it. I'm sure they'll find interviewees anyway. We can see how the bitcoin press center site develops.

Press contacts wiki page should have a similar disclaimer text. The listed people should have at least one previous appearance in mainstream media. If edit wars occur, we can come up with more specific criteria.

Can someone with wiki permissions create a page "Press contacts"?
13  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Roger Ver and Jon Matonis pushed aside now that Bitcoin is becoming mainstream on: May 01, 2013, 09:28:27 PM
Moving forum.bitcoin.org to bitcointalk.org was a good move that made bitcoin.org less political. I would say the same about moving the press stuff out.

Resources page (http://bitcoin.org/en/resources) is already useful for press, we don't need a separate press page. There we can add links to the interviewee wiki page and possibly other sources.

With all respect to Saivann and others who have worked with the site.
14  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Roger Ver and Jon Matonis pushed aside now that Bitcoin is becoming mainstream on: May 01, 2013, 05:56:05 PM
I agree it's unjust to hand-pick a small group of "bitcoin representatives" for the press page. The bitcoin-press mailing list is not very democratic or transparent either. I vote for removing it.

How about replacing the interviewee list with a link to the wiki? A wiki page where we can add all volunteers who meet some notability requirements. There should be a short description of the contact's association with bitcoin and a couple links from previous interviews.

Linking the press page to https://bitcoinfoundation.org/contact seems reasonable too.

"Pictures" and "Quotes" sections could be moved to the wiki. "Press coverage" is rather harmless, but maybe unnecessary - reporters shouldn't need help finding bitcoin related news articles. Maybe add a Twitter link?
15  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: Distributed identity and reputation database on: February 20, 2013, 11:18:34 PM
I've started coding this based on Freenet's Library plugin. I'll let you know when I have something that works.

Slides from my presentation at Bitcoin Cafe Helsinki: http://www.rvl.io/mmalmi/identifi
16  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: Distributed identity and reputation database on: December 12, 2012, 03:32:50 AM
Thanks for the links and ideas.

Looks like there actually is an indexing tool for Freenet: https://wiki.freenetproject.org/B-tree_index. Would be cool if Freenet could be used for all the networking stuff. I'll be looking into it.

Just gonna keep a watch for now .... except to say, isn't namecoin able to do a lot of this already?

Namecoin is a name/value system and it's not the best option for storing tons of data, like relations in this case.
17  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: Distributed identity and reputation database on: December 10, 2012, 11:40:04 PM
I can't really help you here, but I can locate potential problems pretty fast.  Assuming that you can develop such a distributed reputation database, that can't be undermined or hacked, what prevents people from developing multiple online identities to game the rep systems?

Social networking based WoT is the only good option I can think of. Users could evaluate relations' trustworthiness based on their creator's location in the social network. Off to crawl Facebook ->
18  Bitcoin / Project Development / Identifi.org - Address book with ratings on: December 10, 2012, 11:16:08 PM
Here's my idea in a nutshell: A distributed network that models identity and reputation as a graph, where different kinds of user identifiers are nodes and user-created relations are links between them. The relations can be evaluated with various algorithms and criteria, such as social network based web of trust to make it sybil-proof.

The network allows users to check the reputation and other connections of a previously unknown identity. For example, you could decide to borrow 20 bucks to a stranger in a pub after finding out he's your 3rd degree connection on FB and has mostly positive ratings. Or you could write reviews of policemen, teachers, judges or other public servants with whom you can't choose not to interact.

Reputation that is instantly visible to everyone is a big incentive to not be a butthead. Maybe even bigger than threat of imprisonment, and definitely more cost-efficient and p2p. Cool



1. Data model
1.1 Identifier

Unique or non-unique identifier of a user. Examples:
  • Name
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • GPG key
  • Facebook username
  • Date of birth
  • Photograph

Fields: type, value.

1.2 Relation
A link between two or more identifiers. Relations are GPG-signed by their creator. Examples:
  • ID1 says: "I traded with ID2 and it went smoothly"
  • ID1 says: ID2, ID3 and ID4 belong to the same owner
  • ID1 says: ID2 and ID3 are Friends on Facebook
  • ID1 borrowed $100 to ID2 (signed by both parties)

Fields: Type, value, timestamp, target IDs, signatures.

2. Distributed data storage and index
This is more of an open question and I'm asking for your ideas on it. The network must be resistant to censorship and political pressure. In addition to storing the static identifiers and relations, for searching we need a dynamic inverted index that links identifiers to the relations they're involved in.

Freenet would be a solution for the static part but it doesn't solve the indexing problem. Distributed indexing could be done with a distributed hash table structure, for which there are existing libraries like Kademlia. Bootstrapping would be easier if we could use an existing indexing network like YaCy, but it doesn't support Freenet atm.

3. Use case
Web site where users can rate their experience with public servants.

1. Alice logs on to the site with her FB account
2. The site creates an ID with type "user@facebook.com" and Alice's username as value.
3. Alice writes a review of Bob the policeman.
4. Alice adds Bob's full name, phone number, email and FB username to the review.
5. The site creates a relation that connects Alice's ID with all the Bob's IDs she entered. The relation content is Alice's review and it's signed with the site's GPG key (because the site verifed Alice's FB identity).
6. The newly created relation is published to the network.

Now the review can be found by any of the Bob's IDs entered by Alice. Changes or additions to Bob's details can be added later with new relations. Bob could write a reply to the review and sign it with his WoT-verified GPG key, for instance.



Ideas and suggestions welcome!
19  Economy / Marketplace / Re: EuroBTC.com - bitcoins for cash in the mail on: April 18, 2012, 01:04:14 AM
Quite steep fees considering the competition that does it without fees...

Where's that?

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Is it legal in Finland to send money via normal/registered envelopes? At least in my (EU) country you have to use a special insured envelope, registered letters are only insured up to 50 max.

It's legal, although not advised. But yeah, it got me thinking if I should only sell BTC, not buy. It would be safer and without the hassle of sending envelopes.
20  Economy / Marketplace / EuroBTC.com - bitcoins for cash in the mail on: April 17, 2012, 10:53:51 PM
Sirius is back in the business. I'm opening EuroBTC.com, a site for buying and selling bitcoins for euros in the mail. Before officially opening the service, I'd like to invite all Bitcointalk users to try it out so I can see how it goes. So feel free to buy or sell.

https://eurobtc.com
username: test
password: user

Any questions or suggestions are welcome.

EDIT 23.4.2012: I'm temporarily closing the site. All orders made so far will be processed.
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